Date: Sun, 28 Dec 1997 17:20:47 -0500 From: Ron Butters Subject: WEIRD EXISTENTIAL < . . . is is . . . ? Mary Bucholtz writes: >Might this be related to the structure >"The thing is is that..."? The >reduplicated "is" isn't a speech error, >and it's obligatory for those who use it. Interesting suggestion, the psychosocial history of which might be something like the following: S' = "The thing is + S" > S' = "The thing is + is that + S" > S' = Is that + S" If so, that means my real estate guy may be in the vanguard of a syntactic change?